Yemeni political actors agree on joint recommendations to assist in resolving ongoing conflict

Published on Thursday, 16th of June 2016

CMI workshop brought together Yemeni actors from across the political spectrum to engage in dialogue on key challenges for peacemaking efforts.


According to the participants, forming an inclusive interim government and creating a plan for national reconciliation are among the key steps towards resolving the conflict that has caused widespread destruction across Yemen.

A workshop, organised by CMI on 30-31 May in Beirut, brought together Yemeni actors from key political groups to engage in dialogue on challenges for reaching a negotiated solution to Yemen’s over a year-long conflict. The participants identified and developed recommendations on issues of mutual concern with a view to promoting progress in the ongoing peace talks. The proposals, which can be found below, will be submitted to the political groups and other actors supporting the peace process.

CMI has been supporting the efforts of the Istanbul Forum for Dialogue, a politically and geographically representative group of influential Yemeni actors, since 2011 in building confidence and consensus among the various Yemeni political factions.


Recommendations of the Yemeni Istanbul Forum for Dialogue

The Istanbul Forum for Dialogue, a group that has been working to promote dialogue among all the Yemeni parties and issued a number of joint statements and proposals to support the Yemeni peace-making efforts since 2012, met in Beirut on 30−31 May 2016. The participants of this meeting agreed on the following:

  1. Considering the positive role of the international community in Yemen especially during the National Dialogue Conference, we invite the international community, including the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the countries that are friends of Yemen, to play a constructive and effective role in addressing the situation in Yemen.
  2. We urge the UN to adopt a clear position as regards the need for the parties to commit to combating terrorism and religious extremism in all its forms, specifically in the southern governorates where the extremist groups have significantly expanded their presence.
  3. We demand the regional countries to
  • Refrain from intervening in the Yemeni territory and violating the sovereignty of the Republic of Yemen
  • Lift the embargo imposed on the Yemeni people and end the military presence in Yemen in all its forms
  1. We urge the parties to comply with the agreed upon terms of reference for the negotiations, represented by the valid Yemeni constitution, the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, the Peace and Partnership Agreement, the UNSC Resolution 2216 and other relevant resolutions.
  2. We call on the negotiating parties in the current political process to ensure the representation of the Southern Movement in the negotiations, specifically the factions of the movement that have not yet taken part in the political dialogue.
  3. We urge enhancing the capacities of the political party representatives in the negotiations, either by building their capacities for dialogue and negotiation or by supporting them with specialized consultants.
  4. We encourage the parties to increase women’s participation in the negotiation process.
  5. We encourage the parties to adopt a plan for national reconciliation as an integral part of the results of the peace process in order to avoid future complications and problems.
  6. We urge all the Yemeni parties to adopt a stand against terrorism in agreement with the other Yemeni parties participating in the negotiations and abide by it.
  7. We strongly urge a speedy agreement on an interim government involving all Yemeni parties.
  8. We request all media outlets to keep up with the political process in Yemen, especially those affiliated with the parties involved in the current peace process, and to encourage partnership and peaceful coexistence among the parties, including women.

The Istanbul Forum thanks CMI for enabling this meeting. We also wish to extend out thanks to CMI’s office in Yemen for all its efforts. The above points have been agreed between participants from all political groups. The details related to the ways and means of implementation are left for further discussion among the relevant parties.

Beirut, 31 May 2016


Abdussalam Jabr

Ali Ashal

Ebtisam Al-Mohammadiy

Fawaz Ba’oum

Ibrahim Al-Dailamy

Nasser Bagazgoz

Senan Al-Aji

Sultan Al-Same’

Zaid Al-Thari

Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti